Monday 23 October 2017

Sympathy for Stoddart injury

Morgan Stoddart's Wales and Scarlets team-mates are ready to give him all the support he needs after his World Cup dream was shattered by a horrific injury.

As the Wales players begin to prepare for a Millennium Stadium rematch against England on Saturday, Stoddart remains in hospital in London, awaiting further assessment on a broken left leg.

The 26-year-old only started Wales' opening World Cup preparation Test at Twickenham after Stephen Jones pulled out during the warm-up with a tight calf muscle.

But barely an hour later, he was carried off, an oxygen mask clutched to his face and any hope of flying to New Zealand later this month cruelly destroyed. His absence will be a blow for Wales coach Warren Gatland, who was unable to pick injured full-back Lee Byrne (knee) and wing Leigh Halfpenny (ankle) against England.

Stoddart suffered the injury when he was tackled by England full-back Delon Armitage, having just intercepted a pass as England ran out 23-19 winners.

England captain Lewis Moody, meanwhile, is likely to undergo a scan today with his hopes of leading his country in the World Cup hanging in the balance.

Moody was forced out of Saturday's game having suffered what he later described as a "tweak" to his right knee, although he later downplayed the extent of the injury.

Irish Independent

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